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The Sir John Franklin Arctic Expedition: 10/10/2017 03:49:07

Clint Eastwood
Level 59
Alright, shit happened. My life has changed (in both good ways and bad) in so many ways, and I had to abruptly quit WarLight (again) without having a chance to tell anyone. I didn't even have any contact with my real life friends for more than a month. Long story.

Anyway, I'm back; not to play (my life is too busy and unstable to get involved in any games, though I'm longing to play in a good diplo again), but to mapmake. I've always enjoyed making maps just as much as the actual game, but with mapmaking, you can't get booted and can take as long as you want.

So I'd like to announce my next upcoming map---The Sir John Franklin Arctic Expedition to Force the Northwest Passage. It's a long name, but it's fitting.

Of course, the Franklin Expedition was lost, last being seen by whalers in Baffin Bay during July of 1845, and nobody knows what fate became of the 130 men on board HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. Realistically, they probably all died from starvation, scurvy, and the obvious, hypothermia.

But what if there was something else that killed the men?

In Dan Simmons' novel The Terror ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terror_(novel) ), he explores the idea of what if. Here's a brief summary of the book (shortened because I had to fit it in the map description).


As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition to to navigate the Northwest Passage, the men aboard HMS Terror are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice.

But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something unknown out there in the frigid darkness, constantly clawing to get in.

When Sir John Franklin meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape.


I fell in love with the book (great read, I highly suggest it) and decided to make a map just like the one shown in the beginning of the book:

Lionheart says I did pretty good, so I must have done pretty good.

Yes, I know there are slight visual issues, but as stated above, I was trying to make it as close to the book as possible. Hate it if you want; accuracy was my goal, not popularity.


Let me know what you think.

I am not advertising for Dam Simmons (though if he wants to give me money, I can't really stop him), I just really like his book. Give it a read.
The Sir John Franklin Arctic Expedition: 10/10/2017 03:58:41

Level 61
I’ll boot you if you take too long ;)
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